Cultural factors of network inter-firm cooperation

Evgeny Popov, Jol Stoffers, Victoria Simonova

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

6 Citations (Web of Science)


Purpose: The purpose of this study is to specify cultural properties that influence inter-firm cooperation, advancing a conventional theoretical economic-based framework.

Design/methodology/approach: An evaluation of concepts related to parametric cultural assessment was the theoretical foundation for structural aspects of inter-firm collaboration, documented in an empirical study that investigates cross-cultural analysis. This study was based on research at a cross-national level, allowing cultural disparities to be captured. Therefore, the empirical basis was the sixth World Values Survey, which is the largest cross-national project for assessment of cultural values.

Findings: It was found that cultural properties, as freedom of choice; advancement of norms for equal dissemination of power; low perceived uncertainty; strategic orientation on the future; and spread norms of humanistic orientation would further develop inter-firm cooperation.

Practical implications: The current study specifies a systematic and practical definition of attributes in the culture of inter-firm collaboration. Advantages of such advanced frameworks are more sustainable collaboration models, decreased expenses of inter-firm coordination methods and possibilities for establishing network knowledge among collaborating firms – a necessity for competitive advantage in today’s global economy.

Originality/value: To the best of the authors’ knowledge, no previous research has been undertaken that specifies cultural properties influencing inter-firm cooperation, advancing a conventional theoretical economic-based framework.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-116
Number of pages14
JournalReview of International Business and Strategy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2019


  • Cultural factors
  • Inter-firm cooperation
  • Networks
  • World Values Survey


Dive into the research topics of 'Cultural factors of network inter-firm cooperation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this